It's a great car that runs well and is fun to drive - and it performs well in a heavy winter
The tires fit tightly in the wheel wells. A lot of snow collects and I need to chip it out with my snow brush (as my foot won't fit to kick it out) every few days, otherwise it rubs on the tires.
Zippy little car for the price. Compared to all other lower-end cars I've driven, acceleration just feels... effortless. Accelerating from any speed doesn't feel like you're asking any more of the car than a gentle acceleration from a low speed. The car is both fast (top speed ~208kph) and quick.
Corners like it's bolted to the road.
The sport suspension definitely makes a difference on poorly maintained roads - the car drives more like a car and less like a waterbed. Accelerating on bumpy roads is smooth instead of the drive wheels losing contact, spinning freely, then spinning out.
Four wheel disc brakes. The ABS on all four wheels is definitely a bonus on ice. The only thing limiting your stopping power in summer is your rubber.
The car is bright red. Definitely turns some heads... Unfortunately it's mostly from the police.
It takes a while for the thermostat to open and start circulating coolant, meaning on anything less than a twenty five minute to half hour drive you don't even begin to get any heat out of the vents. When it gets below ~-30C (-22F) the CD player stops working until the car heats up a bit (~15 minutes).
The car is now eight years old. The interior still looks pristine, besides some of the silver finish having flaked off of some of the plastic on the arm rests and shift knob.
Radio stations sound pretty unexciting, but decent quality MP3s burned to CD sound pretty good on the 7-speaker Pioneer system with dual-coil sub. (Certainly no worse than my previous vehicle, which had a 9 channel EQ, 225w 4-channel amp for the interior speakers with separate tweeters, and 15" L7 kicker. Just a bit less bass-y.)
Even without the block heater plugged in, the car has started down to -45C (-50F) after about 14 hours sitting without so much as a nasty groan.
Short throw shifter and short clutch is fun when you're really giving 'er. In heavy traffic you definitely notice the clutch is pretty stiff and requires a lot of force to keep on the floor. First gear is also pretty peppy, so stop and go traffic becomes a bit of a chore when the car keeps wanting to take off on you.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th December, 2013